One morning in the summer of 2008, just before the Beijing Olympics were set to kick off, Juan Zapata, then a republican Florida state representative, found himself having breakfast with Zhou Wenzhong, the Chinese ambassador to the United States. The breakfast delegation was talking business, and so ... More >>
Alan Gross, a 64-year-old American serving a 15-year prison sentence in Cuba for setting up internet access for the island's Jewish population, has announced he's begun a hunger strike partially in response to revelations about America's secret efforts to start a "Cuban Twitter" aimed at youthful di ... More >>
You know how leftist Latin American leaders like Nicolas Maduro are forever claiming the American government is trying to unseat them via wild plots that sound cooked up by guys living in tin-foil-covered studio apartments? This morning comes a stark reminder that -- at least when it comes to Cuba - ... More >>
Saudade is an untranslatable Portuguese noun that describes a feeling of yearning that goes deeper than the English equivalent miss. And saudade is what so many expat Brazilians feel, no matter how acclimated or integrated they might have become with life in the U.S. After all, their rich culture an ... More >>
Rick Scott is personally reaching out to businesses in other states to try and get them to relocate to Florida. Which, OK, sure, we're all for, but because Scott is apparently and almost comically incapable of doing anything without controversy, it seems he's only trying to poach companies from stat ... More >>
Earlier this week, in a cringe-worthy turn of phrase The Miami Herald business section declared that Miami's Edgewater neighborhood is "located at the intersection of funky and trendy" after realizing, a few years too late, the neighborhood has experienced some classic gentrification. Of course, the ... More >>
A lot of words leap to mind when you think of Miami's roadways. Terrifying. Useless. Mad Max-ian. Unless you've been pounding mescaline all morning, one term that likely hasn't popped up is efficient. But a new piece by an urban planner in Washington reveals that by one measure, Miami has the most e ... More >>
As distressed as our economy is, the United States continues to spend about $1.4 billion per year on sending food aid to other countries.President Obama is proposing a major change to the foreign food aid program that could greatly impact Florida, which ranks seventh in the nation in food exports.As ... More >>
Last week we reported on a bold conceptual plan by Miami architect Chad Oppenheim and über-hip-hop mogul Pharrell Williams to convert Overtown into Ice Cream City, a whimsical neighborhood that would be home to the nation's largest indoor and outdoor skate park, a big box retailer, ateliers and spe ... More >>
Gather 'round, everybody. Yes, everybody of all different ethnicities, creeds, and sexual orientations, and let's hug it out. Why? Because Miami has been named the second most tolerant major metro area in America by a ranking authored by the Atlantic's Richard Florida.
Miami Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones beat bribery and grand theft charges, and returned to office. Now we'll see if she proves as invincible in civil court. Two former witnesses in the criminal case, who claimed that she used forgery to divert a $25,000 grant that was supposed to go to their ... More >>
Alex IzaguirreThe U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development sent affordable housing developers in Miami-Dade County an early Christmas present. This past October 16, HUD secretary Shaun Donovan announced 18 south Florida cities will receive $69 million for community development grants, hom ... More >>
He got one over on this civil rights organization. Now comes the makeover.
Today is World AIDS day, and the single most important thing everyone can do personally is get tested regularly and play safe. The good news about HIV in America in 2008 is that if detected early most people can still look forward to a long, full life. The expected life span is nearing normal, and t ... More >>
The shortlist for HUD secretary keeps getting longer. Mayor Manny Diaz is still on this list, released to the AP from ominous sources inside the party and transition team: Miami Mayor Manny DiazRep. James Clyburn, D-S.C.Renee Glover, head of Atlanta's housing authorityNicolas Retsinas, director ... More >>
The trial to challenge the building of the Florida Marlins’ new ballpark is set to start next week. A postponement would’ve pushed the trial to September, but Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jeri-Beth Cohen rescheduled the trial so that it could start by next Wednesday. This is good news for the Marlin ... More >>
Someone else is throwing around the "third world" moniker in relation to Miami - and this time, it's a businessman who has extensive dealings with the city. According to Miami Today, Carnival Cruise Lines CEO Bob Dickinson said Miami's port facilities are "third world" and that construction of t ... More >>
Don't mess with Max! Activist Max Rameau is having a tough time getting a County-issued protest permit to erect his tent city in front of the county building at 111 N.W. First St. next Wednesday, and he's gotten the ACLU involved. As we reported earlier this week, Rameau and other activists ... More >>
Nightclub shuffle, Overtown hustle, Wynwood bustle
Artists are helping to revitalize Miami, but danger looms ahead
This is a dangerous place, and dangerously divided as well
Biscayne Plaza mall
A: Nothing is free, life isn't fair, and the debate rages on
A quick look at our amigos from Toronto to Tierra del Fuego
Saving the one-horned rhino is his mission
You're smart and hard-working, but you don't qualify for the loan that could mean success
Last week's big soccer match at the Orange Bowl was about more than sports
Miami's Downtown commissioner is still fighting, and still hopeful of big change
Latin Grammy Awards
As Miami tries to collect millions in loans gone bad, the deadbeat debtors trot out their excuses
The county must spend most of its current $35.2 million community development grant by October 31
From the issue of June 7, 2001
Ed Hanna has been the driving force in promoting the development of West Perrine. He's done well for himself. Too bad West Perrine can't say the same thing.
Miami Urban Renaissance Conference
A legal battle between developer Ron Bloomberg and Beach officials over the fate of the city's cultural campus has both sides fuming
Is it okay to operate a feed store in horse country? Residents say neigh!
The race to develop Homestead Air Force Base could soon hit a major snag. It's called Mother Nature.
Miami's newly politicized windsurfers pressure city hall to reopen Virginia Key beach
The private affairs of Miami's housing boss, Herbert Bailey, attract more attention -- from public corruption investigators
Miami's northeast side is in trouble, and city housing boss Herbert Bailey has eagerly pitched in to help. Personally. On his own time. With his own money. An investigation is underway.
The curtain rises on Act II of the Dade Performing Arts Center Story. Is this a comedy or a tragedy? Depends on who you ask.